In the December meeting of EU agriculture ministers there was broad support for the Minor Uses Coordination Facility, a resource set up in 2015 to coordinate and support work into minor uses of pesticides among member states and stakeholders. Minor use pesticides allow farmers to grow niche crops of high-value. The facility is facing uncertainty of the future of its funding, which is provided by the member states. At the council meeting the new EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides, highlighted the importance of the facility and it’s continued funding.
Ministers from Scandinavian, eastern and Mediterranean member states all voiced their concern about the lack of minor uses plant protection products available and the need to strengthen and support the facility.